The New York Aquarium, part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, spans 14 beachfront acres in Coney Island. It houses more than 8,000 creatures including freshwater and marine fishes, marine invertebrates, seals, sea otters, walruses, sea lions, sharks and penguins.
The New York Chinese Scholar‚ Garden is a replica of a typical scholar‚ garden from the Ming dynasty. Part of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, the beautiful setting features authentic replicas of some of the most stunning gardens in mainland China.
Located in a renovated 1904 Beaux-Arts firehouse in SoHo, the New York City Fire Museum displays the richest collection of fire memorabilia in the United States.
The museum, currently closed due to Hurricane Sandy damage, conveys the police department's history through exhibits, lectures by working cops and detectives, online exhibitions, publications and events in the public schools.
Unless you know all about the atom, biology, color, light, heat and have seen your aura projected, don't dismiss this museum as kids' stuff. This science and technology museum includes aura projections, perspective fun rooms, a 5,000-square-foot rocket park and events like the World Maker Fair.
Since its opening in 1965, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts has earned a reputation as one of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections of information on the performing arts. Each year, the library presents more than 200 free concerts, play readings, lectures, film screenings and panel discussions.
This museum, home of 100-plus years of NYC transit lore and memorabilia, occupies the platforms and mezzanine of a decommissioned 1930s subway station.
The New York Transit Museum operates a gallery annex in Grand Central Terminal that presents changing exhibitions. The gallery annex is located just off the Main Concourse in the Shuttle Passage, next to the Station Master's office.
The New-York Historical Society is New York City's oldest museum and one of the nation's most distinguished independent research libraries. A $65 million renovation completed in 2011 introduced new galleries and a children's museum.
The museum houses 200 paintings by Roerich as well as his set designs for operas by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, his collaborations with Igor Stravinsky and the paintings he made from expeditions to India and Tibet. Lectures on the arts and sciences are offered, as are music recitals.